In the year 2017 we lost many outstanding people. Some of those we count as stars. This is post is dedicated to only a fraction of the many men and women who touched our lives in countless ways. We pray that they are in a better place, and that those whom they left behind will be well cared for.
Fox News’s tribute includes 84 souls on their list. Though that amount of persons would be too broad to include in this article, a partial list is meant to help us remember their lives and the impact they made, in no particular order:
Della Reese – The “Touched by an Angel” star passed away at 86 on November 19. “She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer,” said costar Roma Downey.
Roy Halladay – MLB pitcher was killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Tuesday, November 7. He was 40 years old. He pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies and was the father of two children with his wife Brandy.
Robert Guillaume – Best known for his title role on the 1990s series Benson. “He kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep,” said wife Donna. He passed away at the age of 89 at his L.A. home on Tuesday, October 24.
Fats Domino – The iconic rock ‘n’ roll legend died of natural causes on October 24 at the age of 89. According to Us Magazine, he was one of the first honorees inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His songs “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame” are what he’s best known for. He is survived by his eight children.
Tom Petty – The Grammy winner, best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which produced popular hits “Free Fallin” and “American Girl,” passed away at the age of 66 on October 2. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jerry Lewis – The popular comedian died at his Las Vegas home on August 20. He had been suffering from ill health for many years. One of his most endearing rolls includes “The Nutty Professor.” With his philanthropic work, he’s raised more than $2.6 billion for muscular dystrophy research through his annual Labor Day telethon.
June Foray – The voice actress passed away on July 26 at the age of 99. She was the voice of several classical cartoons, such as Rocky the Flying Squirrel in “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” and Granny and Witch Hazel in Looney Tunes.
Barbara Sinatra – Before she was married to Frank Sinatra, she worked as a Las Vegas showgirl. She died of natural causes on July 25 at the age of 90.
Erin Moran – One of the stars of “Happy Days,” died due to complications from stage IV cancer. She was found dead in her home in Harrison County, Indiana on April 22. She was 56. Moran is known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the ‘70s sitcom.
Adam West – The original Batman actor died at the age of 88 on June 9. He suffered for only a short time from leukemia. In addition to his legendary role as Batman, he also was the voice of Quahog Mayor Adam West on “Family Guy.”
Please pray for the families of those who passed on in 2017. In related news, a “Dancing with The Stars” dancer is expecting her first child.